Career Services Alumni Featured Alumni Jake Winter Newberry

Jake Winter Newberry

2014 Film Alumnus

  • Program: Film
  • Position: Producer

Jake’s Story

Jake is a 2014 Film graduate and he’s currently a Producer in LA. We asked Jake a few questions and here’s what he had to say!

What are you most proud of in regards to your recent film My Best Girl?

We went by the book every step of the way. It was our first time securing financing for a project, and our first time operating under an LLC. We also worked with American Humane Society to safely include a dog in our film, which I never thought I’d do this early on in my career..

What was the largest challenge you encountered in making this film and how did you overcome it?

The shot list had to be condensed on one of our shoot days because we were falling behind schedule. We put our heads together and calmly but confidently adapted and continued the shoot after making some time sensitive creative decisions.

What would you say is one of the most important assets to have as a filmmaker?

The most important asset you can have as a filmmaker is your own intellectual property. To paraphrase powerhouse Hollywood producer, Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, FOX’s Empire), “If you don’t know anybody, if you’re not the nephew or cousin of some movie star, the only thing you’ve got a chance at is creating out of nothing, an idea.” Your ideas are your greatest asset.

What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in filmmaking?

Even if your journey involves taking jobs that may not relate to your desired profession, keep on creating. Do not stop creating. Surround yourself with others that are as passionate about filmmaking as you are.

What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint Chicago candidates preparing to enter their respective industry?

Though everyone’s path is unique, create some sort of plan so that you have a solid starting point and a sense of direction. Seek advice from those who are in positions you want to be in.

How did your experience at Flashpoint Chicago help you join your industry?

Flashpoint truly lives up to the statement “you learn by doing.” My experience there was proactive and hands on.

What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint Chicago graduates came along?

If I were hiring a graduate, I would look for someone who is passionate about constantly absorbing new ideas and skills. It is important to realize that there is something to be learned in every experience.

What was your favorite thing about Flashpoint Chicago?

My favorite thing about Flashpoint was the faculty. The educators of whichever institution you attend are what make your experience unique. The faculty that I experienced at Flashpoint, including the adjunct professors, collectively inspired me and offered guidance that I could not imagine being without.

Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint Chicago over other colleges.

I chose Flashpoint because I had clear goals. I wanted to learn the film business and the process behind bringing projects to life in an ever-changing digital world. The curriculum was concise and gave me tools that I continue to use today.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I’d hesitate to do anything differently. While attending Flashpoint I prepared myself for every possible opportunity so that whenever one arose, I was ready for it. For example, I interned through the American Pavilion student program at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Jumping on that opportunity allowed me to connect with international film professionals whose advice and resources bolstered my confidence in moving to Los Angeles.

 Check out the trailer for My Best Girl:

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